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Copyright in Pakistan is governed by Copyright Ordinance, 1962 and Copyright Rules, 1967. The works protected under the copyright laws are: literary works including computer program, dramatic works, musical works, artistic works (including drawings, maps, photographs and architectural works), cinematographic works, and records.

The term of copyright for a published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works is the life of the author and further 50 years after his death. In the case of a cinematographic works, record and a photographic copyright subsists until 50 years.

It is possible to assign the copyright in a work either wholly of partly and other generally or subject to limitations and either for the whole term of the copyright or any part thereof. In the case of an artistic work, the applicant is required to advertise the work in a newspaper.